A blog pause

Do you ever think you like drawing and the doing but don’t really have all that much to say in words? Well, that’s kind of where I am at the moment. And hence, a pause from blogging. 

Over the two years or so of blogging, I have very much enjoyed your posts and the many beautiful ideas visually expressed and the little blog-chats. Thank you.

For the time being, I am posting at https://www.instagram.com/drawingconnections/



A scholar, an elephant and a succulent

Still lives – a scholar, probably Confucious, an elephant from India and a succulent from a suburban gardener originally from Iran – threads I cannot quite connect to create a story. Not yet, anyway.
So here it remains, a little picture put together from moving objects around on a garden table. A gentle start into a new year. 
I have been meaning to thank you – dear blogger – for the many little blog exchanges and the wonderful artwork shared through your posts. It makeas for a richer blogging experience. 
Thank you and I hope for you, much creativity and happiness throughout 2016.

To make and to review (2)

Still making more little stationary sets. Not perfect nor extravagant as gifts. Just handmade.

In looking for ideas I am going through sketchbooks. But I find that it is somehow easier to make designs up by looking out onto the balcony for ideas. Do you find that too – that observation gives so much more variety or scope for inspiration?

What to draw is one exercise. The other is choosing which colours to use. As I am enjoying the convenience of this kids palette with its range of 36 sorbet-like colours, working out colour combinations is another exercise.

All good fun.

To make and to review (1)

Not much blogging, but still drawing – little drawings to make a few simple stationary sets as little gifts.

When rummaging around for ideas, I’m going through sketchbooks – quite a few by now. 

It’s kind of a way of reviewing what I have been doing. Needless to say, there are a lot of balcony plant sketches. Some plants have since drooped, gone and new ones added – an inadvertant record of balcony life!

Yes? No? Dunno.

A bit aimless at the outset. Some days, when I am pfaffing about starting a drawing, I go for a default reference. Default? I look at the balcony.

See plant 1, draw that, look at plant 2, draw that, and so on. 

This, as you can imagine, leads to a what’s-next cross road.  It all looks a bit disparate (or rather, desparate!). It needs ‘hanging together’. And so, I try this, a bit of that and a bit more of that. A kind of an unplanned process, one might say.

At some point, the drawing says’enough’. No more.

You look at it. Does it work? Maybe yes, maybe no. More likely, it’s a dunno. Does it matter? When process oriented, it doesn’t matter. It’s better to keep looking, drawing, learning. I guess.

Anyhoooo. On to the next.

Nasturtiums aspiring

In a sunny corner, some regular watering (!) and a few dracena plants to grow tall with, these nasturtiums look happy. Nasturtiums seem to either aspire vertically or horizontally. If I were a nasturtium, I think I would be contented to grow across gardens, fields evens – new things to see, explore and learn from.

Yeah, right. Whatever.

Truth is, I just like the look of them. And they remind me of my three months in McLeod Ganj. Loved it. So, in one of my pots, is a piece of north India.

Deranged but beautiful (2)

In the mood for a water-based ink and watercolour wash, this is one more attempt at this plant before the flowers well and truly droop, close up then fall. 

With a forgettably complicated name like epiphyllum crenatum or orchid crenatum cactus, I have to google for it each time. And, what’s more it has ‘orchid’ in its’ name but it is not an orchid. It is called an orchid because it looks one. And this is about as scientifically and botanically accurate as I get.

Deranged but beautiful (1)

Don’t you love this slightly deranged looking plant? No? I do. 

My brother lugged it over in the car from our Mum’s garden, then up the stairs into my place and onto the dining table. A nice little surprise and now dominating the dining area.

For such a strange looking plant, it does produce a beautiful flower and with a gorgeous fragrance. Unfortunately, it opens fully only for a day or so and then, it hangs its head in a kind of ‘I’m exhausted’ look. At least the scalloped edged every-which-way leaves endure.

No jacaranda tree here

It is jacaranda season here in Sydney. Gorgeous avenues of purple. Soon they will be gorgeous ‘carpets’ of purple.

So, I started this drawing, with ‘great, I’ll do a jacaranda’. I looked and looked, bur could not quite work out how to start. Problem? My trees tend to look either like lolly pops or cauliflower. Neither of which is jacaranda-like. How does one paint a jacaranda with green trees behind and bits of sky showing?

As I kept staring at a jacaranda in the distance and pondering the question of how, this drawing emerged – a palm plant, monsteria and succulents – no jacaranda. The feeling is a bit like arriving somewhere and not knowing how you got there because your head is somewhere else! 

Monsteria, a fern, two daisies, and an aloe

All are common houseplants or in my case, balcony plants. 

Common they may be, but as tools for practising the skills of seeing and drawing, they provide endless lessons in light, shape, line and a bit of making things up. On paper, it is also the easiest way of ‘moving’ plants around to form different arrangements. 

Oh…and I am still enjoying using kids textas.